Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Yuletide Season with Mc Currie Spice 1st

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The Yuletide Season shares a special place in the hearts of young and old. Everyone goes back to being kids. The beautifully decorated Malls, Shopping Complexes, Supermarkets and even the Pavement Hawkers little make-shift shops bring a sense of joy to one and all.

As much as we talk of beautifully decorated Malls and Shops, we also revel in the season’s carefully prepared dishes, from the traditions of Christmas Cake and Stuffed Turkey, to the Mince Pies, Stollen (a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and coated with sugar) and Stuffed Dates. Yummy isn’t it?

We, at Mc Currie take this opportunity to thank our customers for their patronage and wishing all of you a……..  Merry-x-mas-1

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Health Benefits of Green Tea

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It is common knowledge that most people do not like the taste of green tea and all because it tastes bitter. You cannot add sugar or milk to green tea, as then the entire purpose it holds perishes.

According to Christopher Ochner PhD, a research scientist in nutrition at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, green tea is the healthiest thing to drink.

No one food would protect you from disease. A person’s health depends on the lifestyle he leads and his genes. Hence, drinking green tea all day long will not curb disease unless you control or eradicate completely unhealthy foods and if you are a smoker, completely stop this bad habit. Exercise and eating a healthy diet along with drinking green tea will help you stay healthy.

According to Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston Nutritionist, green tea’s biggest benefit is the catechin content. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it is poured in your cup, so it is rich in catechins.

Green tea helps improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. With catechins lowering cholesterol and blood pressure it also helps keep blood sugar from rising.

If while reading this article one thinks that green tea helps dissolve those fatty mounds around your tummy; no it does not. It has been argued that it does, but studies show that there is no effect.

But swap sugary drinks for green tea and stay healthy all the time.

The Holiday Spice That Is Food for Your Bones

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As Christmas is around the corner, those celebrating this season have already started or may be even finished making the delicacies that go with the season, bringing with it spicy food as well.

The main spice that makes an appearance in Christmas Cookies, and Cakes is a powerful anti-inflammatory one and it is certainly not cinnamon.

Yes, it is none other than Ginger, the Root with a Punch. Ginger is used to make the traditional ginger bread cookies, gingerbread man and gingerbread house. Ginger has many  medicinal properties and is used to curb nausea, diarrhea and many more diseases. It is also an effective treatment for ulcers. However, when it comes to taking care of your bones, it is ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties that makes it such a powerful ally in promoting bone density. In other words ginger assists in stopping the body processes that lead to inflammation and this is vital to bone health. Chronic Inflammation is bad for your bones. Inflammation can be divided into 2 segments; acute and chronic. While acute inflammation plays a role in bone healing, chronic inflammation is not so. It has been seen in studies to reduce the density of the bone, resulting in the development of osteoporosis.

So this Christmas give your bones a gift. So let us adorn our Christmas tables with ginger based products, as a gift not only for you, but your family and friends.

Beef Barbecue

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Ingredients

1kg beef, 1 tbs tomato sauce, 4 tsp Mc Currie roasted curry powder, 2 tbsp soya sauce, corn flour, Mc Currie salt to taste, a handful of Mc Currie curry leaves.

Method

Wash the beef and cut into cubes. Then marinade for 30 minutes with the roasted curry powder and soya sauce. Grill the beef with one cup of water and thicken with corn flour. Add the curry leaves and check salt to taste.

The Disadvantages of Fast Food

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Today fast-food outlets are mushrooming all around Colombo and its suburbs. The flavours, colouring and preservatives used in fast-food, dish out an unhealthy range of food that are consumed by adults as well as children. Really children are more susceptible to the poisons that are hidden in fast-food. The level of nutrition and cleanliness in preparation of food nowadays has reached zero levels.

Fast-foods have always been labeled to cause a variety of health problems. Ingredients that have a high level of sugar or fat are not meant to be eaten regularly. The most high risk diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart diseases are caused by ingredients that are not fit for consumption.

Fast – foods contain more calories. The biggest contributors to junk food are the “Burgher” specialists of the snacking culture. Children have got addicted to these and its alarming to see the number of kids who throng these fast-food outlets.

The main ingredients in fast-food are cheese, mayo, salt and soya. Are these four ingredients sourced from reputed sellers or do they fall into the “sweepings” category? This is something we will never know. The deep frying, dishes out a vast amount of calories, sans nutrition. Liver damage is the next significant risk of consuming fast-food. Today cholesterol in humans is equal to a common chest cold. Consuming fast-food, which has a high content of fat, adds to the risk of clogged arteries, which result in cardiovascular diseases, which in turn increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

If one thinks that fast-food saves money and time, that thought is absolutely foolish, as the money and time spent to cure diseases such as cancer, diabetes and valve blockages to the heart and strokes are twofold.

If one sits back and contemplates a home cooked meal for the family, the thought of it alone soothes the mind and frees it from unnecessary fear. So the next time you think of “fast food”, be “fast” enough to dispel it from your mind and you will bask in a pool of healthiness that would give you an extra lease in life.

The Flavour of Jams

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Fruits are tasty and nutritious . Fruits can be turned into salads, chutneys, smoothies, juices and jams. Old and young have an appetite for sweets, although it can be harmful to health. When fruits are in abundance, there are many recipes that can be turned out. We buy jams from supermarkets all the time, but have you stopped to think what a saving it would be and not forgetting the nutritious value it would have in turning out jams at home.

Jams are tasty when spread on bread and butter or even biscuits.

Today at Mc Currie we bring you a few recipes for making jams.

 

Apple Jam

Ingredients

450 g green apples (peal of the skin and de-stone them), 450-500g brown sugar, juice of one line, water.

Method

Cut the apples in fine strips. Then boil the cut apples in water until soft. Strain the water and add sugar and lime to the apple pulp and once again keep in on the fire and stir all the time until the mixture thickens. Take off the fire, leave to cool and bottle.

 

Mango Jam

Ingredients

500 g well ripened mangoes, 450 g sugar, 2” piece Mc Currie cinnamon quills, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon rose essence.

Method

Peal the mangoes and cut into very small pieces. Soak in water for a few minutes, squeeze water out and keep aside. Thereafter, add 1 cup of water, sugar and cinnamon and bring to boil stirring all the time. When the mixture thickens, add rose water and take off the oven. Leave to cool and bottle.

 

Creamy Spiced Chicken Wings

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Ingredients

20 chicken wings, 2 cups natural yogurt or sour cream, ½ tsp Mc Currie ginger paste, ½ tsp Mc Currie garlic paste, 1 tbsp Mc Currie unroasted curry powder, a pinch of Mc Currie turmeric, 1 tsp Mc Currie chillie powder, 1 tsp Mc Currie Spice powder, 2 tsp Mc Currie salt.

 

Method

Combine yogurt, ginger and garlic pastes, curry powder, turmeric, chillie power, spice powder and salt in a dish. Cut the chicken wings at joints if desired, discarding wing tips. Mix well into the yogurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate. Place chicken in a baking tray in a single layer. Bake in a moderate oven, for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

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